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Delta Plans To Add Outdoor Terraces at Sky Clubs in Atlanta and New York

by on February 6, 2013 · 14 comments

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Delta has partnered with Architectural Digest and selected designer Thom Filicia to create its first-ever outdoor airport terraces, which it has dubbed “Sky Decks,” to debut at the Delta Sky Clubs at Atlanta’s Concourse F and JFK’s Terminal 4 this summer

If you want to check out these new spaces for yourself, you’ll need to be a Delta Sky Club member or have access such as through the Amex Platinum card, Delta Reserve card or be flying internationally in BusinessElite to gain access.

The Sky Deck, coming this summer to the Delta Sky Club at Atlanta's Concourse F and JFK's Terminal 4

A rendering of the Sky Deck, coming this summer to the Delta Sky Club at Atlanta’s Concourse F and JFK’s Terminal 4.

“Sky Deck represents our continuing effort to offer Delta customers exclusive experiences and amenities they value. The new outdoor terraces will do just that – provide distinctive spaces with unprecedented outdoor runway views at two of the most globally significant airports in the world,” says Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior VP of marketing.

The new space in Atlanta will be adjacent to the Delta Sky Club in Concourse F, and at JFK,  the space will be a rooftop terrace at the club, part of Delta’s $1.2-billion expansion of Terminal 4, which is scheduled to open in May.

The Sky Deck will offer passengers great plane viewing opportunities as well as an alfresco relaxation space – a unique feature that you don’t find in too many airports.

This is just the latest development in Delta’s Sky Club reinvestment. In the last 2 years, Delta has opened or revamped 13 clubs including those in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia and Seattle, and continues to innovate with features like the Sky Deck. I know a lot of people (including myself) are considering their Delta affiliation due to imminent changes to the Medallion program, but the airline has a lot of great qualities including an expanding route network and partnerships in Asia and South America, as well as universal WiFi on its domestic fleet, and this is just another (albeit little) perk to keep flyers interested.

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  • ZJ

    Outdoors, ATL, in the summer?? It is called “Hotlanta” for a reason.

  • AKold

    ATL springs and autumns are quite pleasant, though.

  • danny

    Is there a separate entrance from the general SkyClub? If not, there are many other criteria that get you in, not just the credit cards you mentioned. Flying on full Y fare or BizElite between JFK and SFO/LAX/SEA for example. Or being a platinum medallion on any international flight unless the criteria have changed lately.

  • thepointsguy

    Nothing an ice cold beer (or sweet tea) can’t fix!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.thornton.58 Steve Thornton

    AKold writes: “ATL springs and autumns are quite pleasant, though.”

    As are a lot of winter days, like today, 67 degrees & full sun.

    Most August days I would agree, indoors is likely best.

  • http://twitter.com/allanak Allan Klein

    It’s actually Gold Medallion or higher on international itinerary. Or any status that constitutes SkyTeam ElitePlus.

  • http://StarwoodGuide.com/ Starwood Guide

    I’m really excited about Delta’s new Starwood affiliation. When I’m earning those extra Starpoints (with extra Delta perks), I’ll try to hit one of the Atlanta open-air terraces up. Hartsfield Jackson is one of my favorite US airports, and I love the new international wing.

  • http://StarwoodGuide.com/ Starwood Guide

    Especially the free Sweetwater 420 in the Sky Clubs in Atlanta. In my opinion, one of the best small breweries in the country.

  • DBest

    Wish they would imitate SIN and create a smoking section on the terrace. The poorly ventilated smoker’s closet in ATL is terrible.

  • Urbanist

    mmmm….exhaust fumes while you wait

  • James

    Don’t forget Delta’s new SkyClub at MKE!

  • Petemaus

    These are the times when the thugs kill the most peoples, and your luggage gets stolen out da door of the South Terminal. Atlanta sucks. the airport is nice, if you don’t have to get outisde its protective force field.

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